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A Review of the Estimates of the Sawtimber Stand in the United States, 1880-1946

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Attempts to determine trends in timber depletion by quoting past estimates of standing timber have frequently been unsatisfactory. This has been due to changes in standards of merchantability, of accessibility, and of accuracies of the estimates themselves. The writer reviews the several estimates, outlines the standards used, and discusses their relative reliability. The estimates of 1945 for certain regions for which comparable earlier figures are available show a 14 percent decline in standing sawtimber during a period of about eleven years on the average.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Economist, Division of Forest Economics, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C.

Publication date: December 1, 1947

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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